Scientists challenge Einstein's theory on speed of light

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By Nathan Rousseau Smith, Buzz60

It's no secret, Albert Einstein was a bonafide genius, but even geniuses get it wrong sometimes.

A new proposed experiment to test Einstein's concept of the speed of light traveling at a constant rate could turn the theory of relativity on its head.

In a new study two scientists report that they believe the speed of light was actually faster right when the big bang happened than it currently is.

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German born scientist Albert Einstein resting in the garden of his villa on the Bay of Luebeck, on Sept. 24, 1928. (AP Photo)
Professor Albert Einstein and his wife Elsa arrive from Palestine to raise funds for Zionism, April 4, 1921. (AP Photo)
Professor Albert Einstein portrait circa 1930. (AP Photo)
Professor Albert Einstein at the microphone, congratulates Thomas Edison on the 50 years anniversary of the first electric lamp, by telephone from Berlin to America, on Oct. 18, 1930. (AP Photo)
Professor Albert Einstein, author of the Theory of Relativity, calls upon Rabindranath Tagore, right, noted Indian poet and philosopher, in New York, December 15, 1930. (AP Photo)
Dr. Albert Einstein writes out an equation for the density of the Milky Way on the blackboard at the Carnegie Institute, Mt. Wilson Observatory headquarters in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 14, 1931. Einstein achieved world reknown in 1905, at age 26, when he expounded his Special Theory of Relativity which proposed the existence of atomic energy. Though his concepts ushered in the atomic age, he was a pacifist who warned against the arms race. Einstein, who radically changed mankind's vision of the universe, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921. (AP Photo)
Professor Albert Einstein is shown after he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Science from Oxford University in England, May 30, 1931. (AP Photo)
Professor Albert Einstein, the famous relativity author, at work in his simple country cottage ay Caputh, near Berlin, July 15, 1931. (AP Photo)
Professor Albert Einstein began an Adirondacks vacation, July 3, 1936, with a nine-hour sailing lark that really wound up as a towing operation with a reporter's speed boat on the pulling end. The mathematician is shown leaning against the mast of his boat at Saranac Lake, New York. (AP Photo)
FILE - In this Dec. 28, 1934 file photo, Albert Einstein delivers a lecture at the meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in the auditorium of the Carnegie Institue of Technology Little Theater at Pittsburgh. Scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, the world's largest physics lab, say they have clocked subatomic particles, called neutrinos, traveling faster than light, a feat that, if true, would break a fundamental pillar of science, the idea that nothing is supposed to move faster than light, at least according to Einstein's special theory of relativity: The famous E (equals) mc2 equation. That stands for energy equals mass times the speed of light squared. The readings have so astounded researchers that they are asking others to independently verify the measurements before claiming an actual discovery. (AP Photo)
Albert Einstein, left, distinguished physicist, and William Allen White, Emporium, Kansas, editor and commentator, were among those who received honorary degrees at the 299th commencement at Harvard University at Cambridge, Massachusetts on June 20, 1935. (AP Photo)
Professor Albert Einstein presses a telegraph key to open officially the greater Texas and Pan-American Exposition at Dallas, June 13, 1937. (AP Photo)
Dr. Albert Einstein, right, before his address to the American Scientific Congress in Washington, D.C., on May 15, 1940, with Dr. Lyman J. Briggs, director of the Bureau of Standards. Einstein indicated that the supposedly exact science of physics is in about as chaotic condition as the countries of Europe. He told the American Scientific Congress that physicists, “have to admit that we do not possess any general theoretical basis for physics which can be regarded as its logical foundation.” (AP Photo/George R. Skadding)
FILE - This June, 1954, file photo shows renowned physicist Albert Einstein in Princeton, N.J. Einstein was a father who worried his son wasn't taking his geometry studies seriously enough, and that he was indebted to a favorite uncle for giving him a toy steam engine when he was a boy, launching a lifelong interest in science. He also believed the infidelity of a friend's spouse was no big deal. These and other reflections, including personal opinions on God and politics, are contained in 27 letters being offered by a private collector at auction this week. (AP Photo, File)
Dr. Albert Einstein as he reached his 75th birthday shows him in his familiar wool sweater with long wispy hair at his home in Princeton, N.J., on March 15, 1954. Dr. Einstein received greetings from world leaders in varied fields. (AP Photo)
Prof. Albert Einstein is shown as he arrives at the Institute for Advanced Study where he is a faculty member, in Princeton, N.J., March 9, 1951. On March 14 he will be 72 years old. Einstein walks about a mile from his home to the Institute daily. (AP Photo)
circa 1910: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955), the German-Swiss-American mathematical atomic physicist and Nobel prizewinner, seen early in his career in a thoughtful pose. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
circa 1920: Physicist and mathematical genius, Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955). (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Picture dated 1931 of German-born Swiss-US physicist Albert Einstein (1879-1955), author of theory of relativity, awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921, playing the violin. (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
1933: German-Swiss-American mathematical physicist Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955). (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
BOSTON - MARCH 18: Celebrated picture dated 18 march 1951, shows German-born Swiss-US physicist Albert Einstein (1879-1955), awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921, sticking out his tongue at photographers on his 72nd birthday. Germany, the birthplace of Albert Einstein, launches 19 January 2005 a year of international celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of three of the physicist's four papers that changed the way we view the Universe. (Photo by: ARTHUR SASSE/AFP/Getty Images)
1950: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955), German-Swiss-American mathematical atomic physicist and Nobel prizewinner, at home in Princeton. (Photo by Doreen Spooner/Keystone Features/Getty Images)
circa 1955: Mathematical physicist Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955) delivers one of his recorded lectures. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
circa 1941: A near-profile of Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955) the German-Swiss-American mathematical atomic physicist and Nobel prizewinner, looking pensive. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
German born American physicist Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955), 1946. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
Portrait taken in 1948 of German-born Swiss-US physicist Albert Einstein (1879-1955), author of theory of relativity, awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921. (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
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If true, this would help scientists explain why the universe's temperature has managed to even out so quickly after the big bang.

This would also call into question Einstein's basis on the theory of relativity, a staple in physics.

The pair plan to test their theory using readings from cosmic microwave background radiation, which, according to Forbes, is a map of the oldest light in the universe.

Because this is a theory, as Einstein himself once said, "no amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong."

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